Online security and the constant threat of cyber attacks seem to be the headlines these days – but it’s for good reason. Security is a topmost concern for business, and without it, you are leaving yourself very vulnerable to a number of attacks.
There’s much to be said about the fact that the average person doesn’t really appreciate the full extent of cyber threats. As with most things, until it happens to us, we tend to disregard sometimes very blatant attendant risks in all manner of things that we do – and cyber security is no exception.
1. Enforce A Written Set Of Security Guidelines
Simply telling your employees to always remain safe and vigilant when they’re online at work isn’t enough. You need to monitor your employees’ behavior and actions online. Write up a clear and concise set of cyber security guidelines that you will expect your whole staff to adhere to.
2. Provide Security Training
Statistics reveal that only 37% of working professionals have received desktop or mobile device security training, whilst only 42% have received information sharing training. This means that well over half of working professionals today are simply unequipped with the information that they need to ensure that their respective businesses are protected from online threats.
3. Destroy Old Data
Some data may not be needed for business purposes anymore, but that’s not to say that it’s no longer sensitive. Old data that is no longer of any use to your business decisions and operations needs to be destroyed in a timely manner in order to protect from any potential leakage that could lead the way to an entry point from a cybercriminal.
4. Be Vocal About Security
You will never manage to instill a culture of security if you and your managerial team always keep quiet about it. Security should be at the forefront of everyone’s mind with every action that they take, and so you need to make sure that you are always vocal about security. Never let anyone forget about it – the idea is that security becomes second nature to the workforce. Lead by example.
5. The Final Note
Lastly, we think businesses should pay extra special attention to their BYOD policies. If you don’t have one in place, you should immediately do so. With so many employees conducting business through email, video, and text on personal devices, it’s even more important than ever to have security measures in place to protect your business assets and data.
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